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Your Reaching Out Subscription – April 2017 issue is online!

Greetings,

Thank you for your subscription to the eVersion of Reaching Out.  In our ongoing effort to improve your newsletter, we have pages in the newsletter that showcase H&I t-shirts and would love for you to send us yours to feature. We continue to look for H&I artwork; many of us are talented and we like to showcase members art.

In an effort to offer experience, strength, and hope to persons leaving from a correctional facility or from inpatient treatment, we are featuring a section “Transitioning to the Outside”. We hope this section helps members move successfully to NA meetings in your community. If you have experience to share on what you did to transition, please send it to handi@na.org. You will be helping another addict.

Members are carrying the message to incarcerated addicts in Brazil, Japan, and throughout Latin America with local translations committees contributing through their efforts of translating Reaching Out that can found at www.na.org/reachingout. Experience our strength and hope in several languages.

It is our pleasure to announce that the April 2017 issue is now online and can be viewed at http://www.na.org/?ID=reaching-out-index.  As soon as the next issue becomes available online, you will receive a similar notification.

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Yours in fellowship,

NA World Services

Pokhara Area Annual Convention of Narcotics Anonymous

Pokhara Area Annual Convention of Narcotics Anonymous
PAACNA-9
Date: July 8, 9, & 10, 2017
Theme: New Way of Life
Venue: Shanti Nagar Banquet, Shanti Nagar Chowk, Masbar
City: Pokhara; Country/Region: Nepal
Registration Cost: 3500 Nepalese Rupees per person
Note: Registration includes Food but not the lodging accommodation
For more information: Anand A. (+977-9805898486)

NAWS Updates March 2017

Hello,

We need your input and efforts.

  • If you have ever ordered literature from us we’d like to hear from you. Please fill out our very short customer survey by 31 March: www.na.org/survey
  • If you have any interest in helping put together service materials for either conventions and events (conventions@na.org) or a local service toolbox (toolbox@na.org), email us to be part of those efforts.
  • We also have regular web meetings for members to talk about their efforts doing public relations service, H&I, inmate step writing, and service in rural or isolated places. See www.na.org/webinar for more information.

In closing, we wanted to remind you that a special edition of Guiding Principles limited to 7,000 hand-numbered copies is now available for $30 from World Services. The standard paper and hardback versions are still for sale at $11. The 2017 JFT Calendar is now available at a reduced price of $7. For more info, visit http://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/catalogs/ProductNewsFlash_Feb17.pdf

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Mental Health/Mental Illness IP Project

The 2016  Conference Agenda Report included a survey to determine priorities for recovery literature. The topic that most regions prioritized for the next information pamphlet or booklet was “Mental Health.” That same Conference passed a motion, “ That the NA World Board develop a project plan which includes a budget and timeline to create an informational pamphlet specifically about mental illness and recovery for consideration at the 2018 World Service Conference.”

The Conference agreed to prioritize the topic mental health/mental illness and collect input from the Fellowship over the course of this cycle about the focus and content of the piece. Your input will help shape a project plan which will be included in the 2018 Conference Approval Track material and voted on at WSC 2018.

The deadline for input is March 15, 2017 so hurry!

Please click the link to open the online survey or download a file to print. Please discuss at your homegroup or service committees.

Project Survey:
Online – English | Spanish
PDF –  English | Spanish
Word – English | Spanish

NAWS Web Meetings

NAWS Web Meetings

Web meetings are a great way to gather information and share experiences on service related topics. Some of the topics are ongoing discussions, and others are new as we attempt to put together new tools for the Fellowship. Below are more details.


Public Relations web meetings are a gathering of area & regional PR trusted servants who share their experiences and challenges with PR service; topics are identified by PR trusted servants. Write to pr@na.org for more information.

Inmate Step Writing web meetings offer support for those service committees who offer this service. Write to handi@na.org for more information.

H&I web meetings welcome individuals and trusted servants interested in discussing issues around H&I service. Write to handi@na.org for more information.

Conventions and Events: In support of developing tools, we are gathering information and collecting best practices for conducting conventions and events. Experienced members needed, all are welcome. See www.na.org/conventions for more information.

Local Service web meetings focus on gathering best practices to begin putting together a local service toolbox. The first focus will be consensus-based decision making. See www.na.org/toolbox for more information.

Rural Service web meetings are intended for those serving in places where meetings are far apart or population is sparse. Come join us and share your experiences with others who can relate. Write to nick@na.org for more information. Click here to watch previous meetings and access more materials related to rural service.

Update from NA World Services

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Greetings from NA World Services,

We have a few announcements to share with you all.

Guiding Principles: NA’s new book, Guiding Principles: The Spirit of Our Traditions is available for purchase for $11 in hardcover (item 1201) or softcover (item 1202). You can order the book through our online shopping cart http://www.na.org/?ID=OrderLiteratureOnline-content We are working on a special edition and will send more details about that in November.

Literature Projects: We have also posted questions that will help us frame project plans for two pieces of literature—an IP on recovery and mental health/mental illness http://www.na.org/mhmi and a meditation book http://www.na.org/meditationbook Interested members can log on and share their thoughts any time before 1 June 2017.

PR Pamphlet: We have just published a pamphlet for use in public relations service work titled Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment. This pamphlet is intended for professionals who prescribe medication to treat drug addiction. We have posted it online at http://www.na.org/pr and, by the end of November, copies will be available for order from NA World Services as well.

Issue Discussion Topics: The Issue Discussion Topics for the cycle are: Introduction to Guiding Principles, Atmosphere of Recovery in Service, and Applying Our Principles to Technology and Social Media. Workshop outlines, PowerPoints, and handouts for the IDTs are all posted at http://www.na.org/idt. If you put on a workshop locally, don’t forget to send us the input. The input helps us better understand local needs and concerns. We summarize what we’ve heard in the Conference Report each cycle.

New PR Pamphlet from NAWS

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 Aloha,

The “Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment” PR pamphlet is now available in electronic format (PDF) from the NAWS website

The pamphlet itself will be available for purchase by the end of November of this year.

Below is the link to download the file, it’s large so be patient in downloading it:

http://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/pr/2306_NA_PRMAT_1021.pdf

May the blessings be,

Erik R
webservant

World Services Update October 2016

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Hello Conference participants,

We just had our first Board meeting of the cycle and we want to keep you updated on some of what we discussed and decided. Of course, we will also report these things in NAWS News.

PR/FD Zonal Contact: The 2016–2018 NAWS Strategic Plan includes a project focused on the relationship between public relations and fellowship development and the need for more collaboration and planning. This cycle’s strategy is to “Support the efforts of NA service bodies —especially those of zonal forums—to strengthen and grow NA as part of a coordinated, comprehensive PR strategy that advances the Vision for NA Services.” We are asking zones that are interested in participating in discussions about this to send contact information for a point person. Thank you!

FIPT Statement: thank you to those of you who sent in input on the draft statement related to FIPT issues. We received input from 91 people, 49 of whom were delegates. Of those 49, 22 would approve the statement as written, 16 would approve it if revised, and 11 would never approve it. Given that fewer than half of delegates responded to the survey, there does not seem to a conscience on releasing a statement from the WSC. We will, instead, release something from the World Board that reports on the WSC discussions, decisions, and straw polls perhaps along with some historical context.

IDT: Coming soon to a website near you…. We are working on finalizing the Issue Discussion Topic material for this cycle and will post session outlines and PowerPoints at www.na.org/idt when they are finalized. The topics this cycle are

  • applying our principles to technology and social media
  • the second bullet point of our vision statement and atmosphere of recovery
  • an introduction to our new book Guiding Principles

Recovery Literature Projects: We are collecting input to help shape two recovery literature projects that will be included in the project plans for consideration at WSC 2018. One is a meditation book and another is an IP on recovery and mental illness/mental health. We have posted webpages for each project with input questions online to fill out and downloadable forms you can use for your local workshops. Please spread the word to any interested addict. More voices means better literature.

Mediation book page: www.na.org/meditationbook

Mental illness/mental health IP page: www.na.org/mhmi

Service Material Projects: We are also working on a couple of “tool box” projects for service materials this cycle—one for conventions and events and another for local service tools. We know that updated service materials are long overdue, and developing a collection of tools rather than a large handbook means that we can produce more items more quickly and that they can be more easily translated and adapted for local use. We will be creating a web page for each focus and will eblast a notice to all members on the NAWS Update list when the pages are posted and we have more information.